Things That Speak To Me This Week

Today, I want to talk about a couple of things that have really spoken to me this week. I know in the past, we have briefly discussed that the past year has been very difficult for me; we haven’t gone into details, but just know that my struggle has been very real. There has been lots of changes and heartache along the way.

With that being said, I have also accomplished a lot of really cool things in 2018. I graduated from Embry-Riddle with my Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Business Administration. I have also been working toward earning my real estate license in the State of Florida, and I scored an awesome 9-5 job that I actually really love.untitled

So in all of this, I want to talk about a couple of things that really hit home for me this week. First of all, you should know that music has always been a weakness of mine (or a strength, depending on how you look at it.). I love music; and all types too. I’m a big lover of words, and the expression of them. Music has gotten me through the best and worst days and phases of my life.

When I first heard the song Whiskey To My Soul by Roan Ash, I instantly fell in love. I listened to the song over and over, and finally pulled up the video on YouTube; that’s when my heart broke. This song resonates so much with me in the way of a challenge I have faced this year. One that I really wish I could just shove in a box, and pretend never happened. But it did; and it really, really sucked. Honestly, I’m still not over it, but I’m getting better a little every day. Overall, Roan Ash killed it with the lyrics to this song, and drove it all the way home with the video. Do yourself a favor and use the link above to go check it out!

Moving on to a different challenge of mine this year, college graduation. Lets back up a little bit here. Graduating from college was the holy grail of life accomplishments for me. I graduated Summa Cum Laude with honors. I was so excited; but what I wasn’t expecting was the subsequent identity crisis that followed.

I picked up the latest issue of The Magnolia Journal (a great read!). There is section of different little life stories and antidotes from a handful of different guest columnists. With this in mind, there was a short column by a woman named Andrea Velasca. Andrea discusses how weird it is for her college career to be over. She said that up until that point in her life, everything had been planned and mapped out for her. I can TOTALLY relate to this on so many levels. Once you graduate, it’s so confusing because for the first time in your life, you don’t have to go to school; but (if you are like me) you also have NO idea what you want to do with your life.

While her article was highly relatable, I really loved her level of optimism. She said, “I don’t think not knowing has to be scary.” Meaning it’s ok to not have a plan right when you graduate. That really stuck with me. I guess on some level I already knew this, but it felt great to hear a complete stranger say the words.

As I navigate my way through life and work toward finding my place in the world (if that’s even really possible), I am finding out that at any age or stage in life, it’s ok to not have all the answers. We don’t have to know exactly which path we are going to take. Isn’t that beautiful? Give yourself permission to not have all the answers; it will all still be ok. Nothing has to happen right now, today. Just relax.

Love,

Parker

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